Message from Our Lead Pastor
In 2019, God moved in an incredible way in many areas of our ministry. Our Defending Your Faith apologetics courses equipped 800 people with knowledge, useful tools, and practical skills to articulate, defend, and share their faith with competence and confidence. And through our Quest College Ministry, we also taught these classes at different local colleges and universities to impact students.
In addition, the culmination of our 4RStudents Movement—through your tremendous generosity—resulted in the completed renovation of our student ministry spaces at both campuses.
We also had a September to remember thanks to what we called, Welcome Back Month. During each weekend in September, there was a specific element of our service focused on relational growth. It was through these efforts that 200 people joined our Small Groups, 400 people signed up to become volunteers, and 100 people were baptized, as well as other great examples of our Christ Church community flourishing.
We’re extremely thankful and humbled by all that God was able to do through our ministry in what was an unforgettable year! We look forward to more life-transforming ministry.
Our King Cometh!
Dr. David Ireland
Our volunteers are the best! Every facet of our ministry is strengthened by amazing people who give of their time, energy, and talent. This year, our collective efforts led to more than 1,500 decisions for Christ and we proudly welcomed 200 new members into our church family!
*Dream Team = Volunteers who support the Christ Church staff during business hours
**First Impressions Team (Welcome Services) = Ushers, Greeters, and Welcome Center Hosts who help ensure a warm and friendly environment to all guests during our weekend experience
To learn more about volunteering at Christ Church, or to sign up for a Serving Team, visit ChristChurchUSA.org/Serve.LEARN MORE
Water Baptism Weekend holds a special place in our hearts! During this weekend, the entire church collectively rejoices with people taking this faith-building step! With family and friends watching, their public declaration of a special inward change is spotlighted and celebrated during these unforgettable experiences!
In February 2019, we began hosting a nine-week apologetics course at both campuses titled, Defending Your Faith. Through these classes, hundreds were trained and equipped to answer difficult questions about the Christian faith through lectures, video snippets, debates, and small-group discussions. By the end of the course, they were empowered to defend their faith in a way that is logical, reasonable, and always open-minded—invariably with the goal of winning people to Christ in mind.
We followed this winter offering with a seven-week fall semester in October. And for both semesters, we also took the course to college campuses via our Quest College Ministry. In total, 800 people were better equipped to become more effective disciples! Defending Your Faith serves as a practical yet powerful representation of how we walk out our missional statement of Uniting People to God and People to People.
Around here, we lovingly refer to Small Groups as the heartbeat of Christ Church. Whether you are in a LIFE Group, which consists of about 5-12 members that meet twice per month, or a LIFE Activity Group, which offers you the opportunity of sharing an interest or hobby with like-minded people—there’s a Small Group waiting for you!
There are groups for married couples, singles, teens, young adults, and more designed to foster spiritual growth and community. Check out the video below to see how our Small Groups transform friends into family!
Power Up was the theme for our 2019 Vacation Bible School (VBS), and our foundational Scripture for our exciting full-day, weeklong summer camp was:
"God's power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life."
God’s power was certainly on display throughout the week as children (Rising Kindergarten–Rising 5th Grade) grew in relationship amongst each other through sports, games, and fellowship. This awesome ministry opportunity not only led to an unforgettable experience for the kids (and all who participated), but we also saw lives forever changed when about a dozen children made a decision for Christ!
Our 2019 Secrets to a Great Marriage seminar was designed for couples seeking to enjoy a stronger, healthier, and more satisfying marriage. Through practical tips and strategies, as well as interactive exercises, 134 marriages were strengthened! In addition, couples experienced forgiveness as they wrote letters to each other and breakthrough as they renewed their marriage covenants!
In November, our Women’s Ministry (Bloom) hosted an impactful one-day conference titled, Be Fearless, led by our very own Dr. Marlinda Ireland, as well as TV personality/author Kristi Watts, and author Kelly Balarie. The conference not only attracted hundreds of women from Christ Church, but it also ministered to women from our surrounding communities and region. In an environment of praise and prayer, over 1,000 women were given practical tips and strategies—designed to empower them to boldly and courageously fulfill their God-given purpose!
For the seventh year in a row, Christ Church hosted one of the area’s largest community events, the Tri-County Fair (TCF). Thousands of families enjoyed fireworks, rides, games, food, and much more! TCF provides us a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to the hope of Jesus, and our love-fueled ministry, for the first time. And in 2019, we were blessed to host 15,000 members of the community during this four-day event—with 10,000 first-time visitors!
We couldn’t have done it without our awesome volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2019 Tri-County Fair the best yet!
Our culture of prayer is glaringly evident when we gather annually for Prayerfest, and 2019 was no exception! Every July, thousands gather in an atmosphere of worship, preaching, and of course—PRAYER! This special day is designed to lead every one present to an unforgettable God encounter, and what makes this day extra special is that people come expecting their miracle!
We prepare for Prayerfest over a six-week period, by going on a Prayer Journey that readies our hearts to cry out to God for our personal, regional, and global needs. Year after year, lives are forever changed through the transformative ministry that happens on this unforgettable day!
Following the success of The Preaching Seminar in 2018, the conference expanded to two days in 2019, with ministry leaders from around the country descending upon our Rockaway Campus. Led by our very own Drs. David and Marlinda Ireland—along with a team of other renowned and passionate preachers—emerging pastors, seminary students, and other church leaders came together for a time of encouragement and teaching designed to take their ministries to the next level. Armed with practical tips, strategies, and resources, attendees left Christ Church better equipped to empower their congregations and more effectively spread the good news!
Our banner year ended on a strong note—with our “Ticket to Hope” Christmas musical! Through our annual free Christmas Concert, we engaged the community with a dramatic performance that featured acting, dancing, and of course, singing! “Ticket to Hope” was much more than a blend of the arts that delighted thousands in our community; it was a triumphant and powerful reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season!
As a church, we fully embrace Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-19) and have accepted His call to cross-culturally share the Gospel. And we are so thankful that your faithful giving allows us to take our ministry to every part of the globe. Our Missions philosophy (see buttons below) reminds people that there are many ways to be missions-minded even if you never step foot on a plane.
In 2019, our hearts were in the heart of Central America—Nicaragua! In two separate missions trips, we witnessed healing, restoration, and lives transformed by Christ!
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|Rev. David D. Ireland, Ph.D., Lead Pastor, Christ Church|
|Rev. Marlinda Ireland, D.Min., Worship & Creative Arts Pastor, Christ Church|
|Paul J. Barnish, MBA, President, WP Realty|
|Rev. Pierre du Plessis, Senior Pastor, The Father’s House|
|Johanna Faries, Commissioner of Call of Duty League, Activision Blizzard Esports|
|Rev. Anthony Franklin, East Campus Pastor, Christ Church|
|Erika Gerena, Consultant, Erika Gerena, Inc.|
|Rev. Ron Gonzalez, Counseling Pastor, Christ Church|
|Rev. Brian Jacks, CEO & Founder of WiConnect LLC|
|Jose Lastra, Chief Financial Officer, YMCA Of Montclair, NJ|
|Richard Nunes, Esq., Assistant Deputy Public Defender|
|Wunmi Osinubi, M.D., M.Sc., MBA, FRCA, Physician, Occupational & Environmental Health Associates, Inc.|
|Terry Trayvick, Founder & CEO, Level Five Management Consulting, LLC.|
Our mission of Uniting People to God and People to People would not be possible without your faithful giving! Thank you for all that you do to help us advance the Kingdom!
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”
Our financial statement audit for the year that ended December 31, 2019 was conducted by Sobel & Co. LLC.